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Bishop Declan visits St Mary's - January 2019

As part of the 'Year of Prayer', the school chaplains invited Bishop Declan to St Mary's to talk about prayer.  Bishop Declan spoke about why prayer is important to him and how important prayer life is.  Bishop Declan blessed our 'Prayer Room' and he has inspired us all to re-energise prayer in our lives.  The Chaplains also shared with the Bishop the work they have been doing as a chaplaincy team and he was very impressed with how active the children have been.  The chaplains had also prepared some questions to ask the Bishop and there was a lively question and answer session which was thoroughly enjoyed by both the children and the Bishop.  We also took the opportunity to ask Bishop Declan to officially open our new nursery.  He blessed the nursery and spoke to the children.  The children sang him a song in return and we then enjoyed refreshments with our chaplains and parents who had joined us.

Year 1 meet Pete the Dinosaur

Year 1 had a very exciting morning meeting Pete, the baby T-Rex and Bob the baby Triceratops, as part of their topic on Planet Dinosaur! They learnt about fossils and were able to touch and feel dinosaur claws – they were huge!  We learnt about the difference between herbivores and carnivores and had such a fun and informative morning!

Year 1 visit The Tower of London - December 2018

As part of their topic, Bright Lights Big City, Year 1 children visited the Tower of London where they took part in two fabulous workshops.  The first was 'Fire Fire' where they learnt about the Great Fire of London and the second was all about the Gun Powder Plot.  After a fabulous hands-on learning experience, there was just enough time to visit the Crown Jewels, spot a Beafeater and take a look at the infamous Ravens.  A good day was had by all!

Y5/6 Celebrate WW1 Centenary

Last Thursday, Upper Phase continued their topic of WW1 with a trip to Radnor Street Cemetery. Following on from our workshop with Mark Sutton, we found out about various Swindon soldiers who unfortunately lost their lives over 100 years ago. History was truly brought to life by the artefacts we got to hear about and handle, with all of us left in awe at the stories and seeing their belongings. The Upper Phase Children loved this opportunity to reflect on the WW1 Centenary by learning about Swindon’s local history.

The Queen visits Year 1 - November 2018

As part of our topic this term, Bright Lights, Big City, we had a very special invitation from the Queen to join her in a tea party.  So, we put on our posh frocks and dickie bow ties and invited her for tea!  Take a look at the pictures below of our very special afternoon.

Art Week - October 2018

The children thoroughly enjoyed a week jam packed full of art.  Art was linked to every lesson, be it maths, english, science, RE or history.  Have a look below at what we produced...

Vegetable Plots - October 2018

One sunny day in September, a volunteering team from Nationwide Building Society came into school and transformed our ‘slightly overgrown’ vegetable plots.  As you can see from the photographs below, it certainly was a transformation.    Then one sunny Saturday in October, a group of parents very generously gave up their morning to prepare the beds for winter and lay bark around the paths.  After two days of hard work and sweat, the 9 beds are now ready to be planted in February.  Thank you to everyone involved.

Vegetable Plots - October 2018

One sunny day in September, a volunteering team from Nationwide Building Society came into school and transformed our ‘slightly overgrown’ vegetable plots.  As you can see from the photographs below, it certainly was a transformation.    Then one sunny Saturday in October, a group of parents very generously gave up their morning to prepare the beds for winter and lay bark around the paths.  After two days of hard work and sweat, the 9 beds are now ready to be planted in February.  Thank you to everyone involved.

Middle Phase visit to the Museum

On Wednesday 10th October, the children in Middle Phase travelled to the Wiltshire Museum in Devizes which holds 500 Stone Age period objects, including 30 pieces of gold treasure, together with archaeology, art, natural history and local history. During the day, the children experienced 3 different activities:

  • A workshop about life in the Stone Age, where the children handled real and replica artefacts and dressed up.
  • An art-based workshop where the children created a gold lozenge, and a beaded necklace or bracelet.
  • A tour of the museum where the children saw real artefacts and learnt a lot about life locally during the Stone and Bronze Age.

The children had a fantastic day and impressed the museum staff with their knowledge of these historic periods.  The day was finished off perfectly with a drive through Avebury to view the standing stones, one of the greatest marvels of prehistoric Britain.

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